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Perkins Coie recruits Rich as partner for ECVC practice

Law firm Perkins Coie has named Adrian Rich as a partner to the firm’s emerging companies and venture capital practice. Previously, he was a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP.


PALO ALTO, Calif. (July 23, 2018) – Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Adrian Rich has joined the firm’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital (ECVC) practice as a partner in the firm’s Palo Alto office.

Adrian has more than 15 years of experience counseling high-growth emerging companies and their investors. With an education in biomedical engineering and economics, Adrian brings deep technological understanding in counseling clients from inception to exit, assisting them with financial and strategic investments, licensing, strategic partnerships, acquisitions and public offerings, as well as routine corporate matters. Early in his career, Adrian focused almost exclusively on medical device and biotech clients, reflective of the rise in health tech. However, in more recent years, his practice has broadened to include technology companies, big data, artificial intelligence/machine learning, AR/VR and blockchain, as it applies to business processes, data science and education.

“With his exceptionally diversified background, Adrian offers insightful counsel to life sciences and cutting-edge technology companies on a wide range of matters,” said Buddy Arnheim, Co-Chair of Perkins Coie’s ECVC practice. “As a trusted advisor on private and public securities offerings, licensing, incubators and small fund formation, Adrian is a key addition to the high level of support we provide our clients in the Bay Area and beyond.”

In addition to his traditional Silicon Valley startup corporate practice, Adrian has represented venture funds and incubators in their operations and has worked for several influential life science incubators and their associated investment funds. Adrian also represents several social impact companies and investors supporting clean water and gender and racial equality in the venture environment. Adrian earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and received a B.S. from Johns Hopkins University in biomedical engineering and also qualified for a B.A. with honors in Economics. Before joining Perkins Coie, he was a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

“Adrian is a substantively experienced ECVC attorney with deep roots in the Bay Area venture capital and startup communities,” said Lowell Ness, Office Managing Partner of Perkins Coie’s Palo Alto office. “Adrian’s solid reputation and extensive industry knowledge is a tremendous fit for our ECVC team. We’re thrilled to have him join Perkins Coie.”

Perkins Coie is a recognized national leader in technology and venture capital transactions, representing both companies seeking financing and venture capital firms seeking to invest. The firm’s teams of ECVC attorneys, located in 11 offices, handle hundreds of venture capital deals representing both emerging growth companies and investors each year. As a full-service firm, Perkins Coie not only counsels emerging growth companies on matters such as formation, financing and exit strategies but also advises its clients on matters such as patent prosecution, brand strategy, privacy and data security, licensing and regulatory compliance for disruptive business models.

“Perkins Coie impressed me with its strong industry connections, commitment to all aspects of the innovation ecosystem, and deep understanding of complex and developing technologies,” said Adrian Rich. “I was particularly impressed with the team’s abilities to leverage firm relationships and provide valuable, high-quality deal flow to investors. It was a compelling and competitive advantage to come to Perkins Coie for my practice and the clients that I am honored to serve.”

Perkins Coie is a leading international law firm that is known for providing high value, strategic solutions and extraordinary client service on matters vital to our clients’ success. With more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia, we provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation, intellectual property and regulatory legal advice to a broad range of clients, including many of the world’s most innovative companies and industry leaders as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.